Florida police sergeant accused of insuring boat after it sank

A Florida police sergeant is accused of filing fraudulent insurance claims on his boat after it sank, authorities said.

Shane Gadoury, of the Tampa Police Department, was arrested Thursday and charged with filing a false and fraudulent insurance claim in nearby Pasco County, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Gadoury, 45, is a 15-year veteran of the Tampa police force and was recognized as the department’s Officer of the Month in February 2019 for his work with the sex crimes unit, the newspaper reported.

Gadoury was placed on administrative duty as police department officials launch an internal investigation, WFTS reported.

“I’m disappointed Shane has placed himself in this position,” Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan said in a statement.

According to a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, the incident occurred in November 2019.

While Gadoury lives in Pasco County, he kept his boat docked to the north at a friend's place in Hernando County, the Times reported. According to the arrest report, the friend called Gadoury on Nov. 18 and told him the boat was "sitting low in the water."

The next day, Gadoury's friend said the boat had capsized. On Nov. 19, he called the Hernando County Sheriff's Office at 6:12 p.m. and asked for deputies to check on his boat, the Times reported. Seven minutes later, Gadoury allegedly called a Progressive Insurance phone line and had the insurance policy on his boat reinstated, the newspaper reported.

On Nov. 20, Gadoury called Progressive and filed a claim for the loss of his boat, according to the arrest report. In a Nov. 25, telephone interview that was recorded, Gadoury told insurers, the boat was "completely fine" and was not damaged when he bought the policy, the Times reported.

According to the arrest report, Gadoury insured the boat “while knowingly and intentionally providing false statements regarding the boat’s condition,” the arrest report said, and after a Hernando deputy confirmed it sank.

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